Dr. Amy Burdette brown bag talk, "Does Religious Involvement Protect Against Illicit Substance Use?"

Friday, October 27, 2017 - 12:00 to 14:00
Bowen Hall 260

Dr. Amy Burdette studies health and religion at Florida State University as is part of the Center for Demography and Population Health at FSU.  Dr. Burdette will meet with graduate students over lunch in Bowen 240 from 12:00 -1:30 pm. Her talk is entitled, "Does Religiou Involvement Protect Against Illicit Substance Use?"

Abstrract: While most religious groups in the United States restrict or prohibit alcohol and drug use, the association between religion and substance use is not always consistent. When is religion associated with reduced substance use? When does religion not protect against substance use and misuse? Why are the protective effects of religious involvement variable across substances and subpopulations? In this talk, I provide an overview and critical examination of published research concerning the impact of religious involvement on the substance use/misuse across the life course; highlighting my own contributions to this line of research. I concluded by offering a number of suggestions for future research in this area.